Was Ben Maxwell right about the Cardassians? He started his own private war against the Cardassians because he felt they were gearing up for a war against the federation. Ultimately the Cardassians did go to war with the Federation again during the Dominion war. Before that the war, the Federation often acted like Nevile Chamberlain, giving the Cardassian Union territories in exchange for a peace agreement the Cardassian government had no intention of honoring.
So did Ben maxwell have the right idea, but only used the wrong methods? Should Starfleet have taken greater notice of his concerns regarding the Cardassians?